News and practice for genetics nurse specialists
A population study found that people with epilepsy had a substantially greater risk of premature mortality than the general population and unaffected siblings
As genomic testing becomes embedded in mainstream medicine, health professionals need to understand the role of genetics in disease
Diseases affecting the endocrine system can result in increased mortality and morbidity
Neurofibromatosis type 2 is a rare genetic condition affecting hearing, sight and balance
Many children with inherited metabolic diseases now survive to adulthood. These patients may present with complications in both primary and acute care
The search for new cancer treatments has taken a significant step forward with a new insight into how cells multiply, scientists have announced.
Drinking sugary soft drinks may accelerate biological ageing as much as smoking, a study has found.
Scientists have found a possible treatment for the most common form of blindness using special stem cells found on the front surface of the eye.
Children who are bad at maths could have trouble with numbers because of their mother’s hormone levels during pregnancy, a new study suggests.
Referrals for genetic breast cancer tests more than doubled in the UK as a result of what doctors have dubbed the “Angelina effect”.
With the lifetime risk of cancer being one in three, it is now becoming commonplace to see the condition woven into popular television dramas.
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“Genetic factors could play an important role in whether people survive the Ebola virus,” BBC News reports. Researchers found around one in five mice remained unaffected by the infection.
“Embryonic stem cells transplanted into eyes of blind restore sight,” The Daily Telegraph reports, covering a study where human stem cells were transplanted into the eyes of people with visual impairment. This led to a significant improvement in their vision.
“Referrals to breast cancer clinics more than doubled in the UK after Angelina Jolie announced she had had a double mastectomy,” BBC News reports.